India police extract 106 cocaine capsules from woman's stomach

BY: BBC

India police say they have successfully extracted 106 cocaine capsules from a woman who was allegedly trying to smuggle the drugs into the country.

The 25-year-old foreign national was arrested at the international airport in the capital Delhi on 14 May after a tip-off, police said.

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She is reported to have spent the past week at a hospital where she was given laxatives to recover the cocaine.

The drugs are estimated to be worth 50 million rupees ($734, 160; £546,568).

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Police believe the woman ingested the capsules in Sau Paulo, Brazil, and was given instructions to deliver them to a Nigerian national in Delhi.

Officials from the narcotics department told the Hindustan Times newspaper that this was "the highest number of capsules of cocaine" that they had ever extracted from a person.

They added that what they have seized is high quality cocaine from Colombia, unlike the cheaper "crack" that is usually recovered in such cases.

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Police are now on the lookout for the Nigerian national to whom she was supposed to deliver the drugs.